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11 Weird Things That Happen Only in Africa

Some things only happen in Africa. The dark continent is not dark because of color, it is dark because of the weird things that its people do. When you come across strange mannerisms such as the following, know you are in Africa.

When you see some things happening, when you come across the following, you realize that you are in Africa and shouldn’t ask.

  1. When you come across men sharing condoms and hanging them on the clothesline, don’t ask where you are.
  2. When you realize that nobody loses an election and incumbents always try to cling to power, then you are in Africa.
  3. When you go without electricity for a whole day or two because a transformer has been vandalized, don’t ask where you are.
  4. When internet connection disappears for days and nobody tells you what has happened, when you can’t suddenly reach the outside world, you realize you are in Africa.
  5. When policemen kill and rob instead of enforcing the law, when you see them shoot instead of arresting suspects, don’t ask where you are.
  6. When people die because of drought and die again because of floods, you discover that where you are is indeed Africa.
  7. When tribe determines who is or isn’t your enemy or friend, when tribe determines who you vote for when elections come, don’t ask where you could be.
  8. When individuals grab everything in sight and call it their own, when powerful politicians think all the forests and beaches are personal property, you should not ask where you are.
  9. When you come across whole districts that have no schools, hospitals or roads just because they are inhabited by the wrong tribe, you are in Africa!
  10. When you come across national leaders persuading their tribesmen not to vote for a particular individual because he isn’t circumcised, you have reached mainland Africa.
  11. When you come across grown up men and women bathing and defecating in a river while others fetch drinking water at the same time, you realize that must be Africa.
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  1. voodoobrb

    On March 24, 2011 at 5:50 am


    Great share. Nice writing

  2. Facevalue

    On March 24, 2011 at 6:05 am


    It is not only in Africa that things like this happen. Remember Africa is not that dark continent most people think it to be. Besides all the woes Africa faces there is yet something very special that lies within it. There is hope.

  3. webseowriters

    On March 24, 2011 at 6:21 am


    Men sharing condoms, sound weird.

  4. Christine Ramsay

    On March 24, 2011 at 8:29 am


    Now that post has really made me think and realise how lucky I am with what I have.

  5. Starpisces

    On March 24, 2011 at 9:54 am


    agree with Christine
    really tough.

  6. Michal Dorcak

    On March 24, 2011 at 10:11 am


    That thing with disappearing internet connection happens in some parts of Slovakia too. Some providers still have sh*tty services and tell you nothing.
    Anyway, some of the other things happen here too (or very similar things), but that is mostly because of gypsies and their way of life – do nothing, complain that state does not take care of them (even though many families get more money for free than other families earn by honest work) and of course the motto of their nation – exploit what they give you, demand replacement when it is destroyed and why make or buy something when you can steal it? (that’s about grabbing everything in sight including content of other people’s pockets and even land and temporarily vacated estates!). With elections, it is similar with them – they either vote for whom the rest of the village is voting or for those who give them free ride to the voting room (or even some money).

  7. d1dezire

    On March 24, 2011 at 4:04 pm


    You really have to stop referring to Africa as a dark continent. I disagree with number one. THERE IS NOWHERE THAT HAPPENS IN NIGERIA so do not generalize. Some of the others are true. I myself wrote about not having electricity and that’s not only when the transformer is vandalized;even when it is okay.
    http://telewatcher.com/telewatching/i-apologize/
    I do not bath or fetch water in a stream. Do not generalize. And in case anyone is wondering, yes i live on a tree, that’s where i am now with internet connection and all- how many monkeys can do that?

  8. d1dezire

    On March 24, 2011 at 4:08 pm


    Oops got carried away there and let my sarcasm come to light again. Sori but u really should not call us a dark continent and generalize we have a lot going for us.

  9. Roril Barr

    On March 24, 2011 at 8:20 pm


    all of the places in the world have their own oddities.

  10. Brenda Nelson

    On March 24, 2011 at 10:41 pm


    number 11 could also be India…

    at least the men are using condoms.. really…

  11. LCM Linda

    On March 24, 2011 at 11:17 pm


    Weird indeed.

  12. wonder

    On March 25, 2011 at 4:07 am


    Effectively exposed and most of them are not only Africa, here too.

  13. Written Mind

    On March 25, 2011 at 10:18 am


    i think that piece is a very negative, narrow-minded perspective of Africa. you seem to be generalizing, as if Africa is one huge country with its condom-hanging and tribalism. i’ll have you know, having been born and raised in Kenya, that Africa as a whole, has 53 countries with infinite cultures and diverse living situations. foreigners seem to think that what they see on tv, flies in children’s eyes, swollen bellies and desolate lands is all there is to Africa. i laugh because what we get on tv is shopping malls, extravagant living and spoiled white kids. there are buildings and stone houses and reliable internet and sincere people of parliament. and if you want to talk about corrupt governments, you needn’t look past your own backyard. it is a dark continent, but it was given that name because the people in it are of dark skin-color. kindly check your facts. i am no tribalist, i have electricity and access to the outside world, never even heard of condom sharing, took a stand in the elections by not voting and guess what…i live in AFRICA!

  14. yes me

    On March 27, 2011 at 8:27 am


    Sad truth somewhere Jimmy chheers

  15. Melody SJAL

    On March 27, 2011 at 8:51 am


    The last one is really gross.

  16. d1dezire

    On March 27, 2011 at 4:13 pm


  17. Michael Lovett

    On March 29, 2011 at 7:58 am


    I saw this article and agree with written mind, who lives in Africa. However this happens due to the fact of a collective consciousness of people who live there. Some people don’t want to change, they would rather have others speak for them and when you grow up doing a certain thing that is what may seem like the right thing to do, until someone tells you otherwise. Do not be quick to judge others just because you think your right, who is right about anything in the world today?

  18. Raj the Tora

    On May 11, 2011 at 12:43 am


    nice observations. The last point happens in India as well :)

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